Advanced versions of strides and accelerations for runners

The homestretch of a track at night

When runners ask online about ways to improve their running form or increase their footspeed, a common response is “add some strides.” It’s assumed or implicit in such a response that everyone knows what strides are and how to do them optimally.

As with many things in training, it’s worth spending some time to dig into what constitutes “doing strides,” and how we might incorporate them into training in a more thoughtful way. 

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Brief Thoughts: Long easy runs in marathon training

The long run is a central piece of marathon training for everyone from recreational marathoners all the way up to national-level competitors.  There are a lot of reasons why distance runners, and marathoners in particular, do long runs; these include increasing mitochondrial and capillary density, improving leg strength and resilience to the pounding of a … Read more

Preparing for championship races with Renato Canova, Part III: Caleb Ndiku’s training before the Commonwealth Games 5k

Workout schedules and analysis of the training of Renato Canova’s athletes have become some of the most popular content on my website.  Today, we’re taking a look at a short block of training done by Caleb Ndiku.  Regular readers will remember Ndiku—I analyzed Ndiku’s training schedule before his victory over 3000m at this year’s World … Read more

Elite Marathoning with Renato Canova: The Training of Moses Mosop and Abel Kirui

Abel Kirui (left) and Moses Mosop (right) Renato Canova is a widely-renown coach of some of the most elite middle and long-distance athletes in the world.  His runners routinely medal at World Championship and Olympic races and place highly at major marathons.  I’ve done a good bit of writing on this blog about his training … Read more

Basic Training Principles for Middle and Long-Distance Running (booklet)

Download link at Google Docs (click) “Rome, 1960.  World record holder Roger Moens headlined an impressive field in the men’s 800m final at the Olympic Games.  At the gun, Moens led with a fast pace, and by 600m, the lead pack had thinned to five runners.  It looked to be a sure victory for the … Read more

Notes on Randall Wilber’s “Altitude Training and Athletic Performance” for runners

If you are interested in altitude training, Randall Wilber’s book “Altitude Training and Athletic Performance” is a fantastic read. I apologize for the lack of posts recently, but I’m recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery last week and am not up for doing a whole lot of sitting (in fact, I’m typing this out standing at … Read more

The Updated Training Wisdom of John Kellogg

John Kellogg is an enigmatic, immensely intelligent personality who is something of a legend in internet circles.  He is best known for coaching Weldon and Robert Johnson, the twin brothers who founded LetsRun.com. Weldon Johnson was a 4:28 miler in high school and a 30:14 10k runner in college whom Kellogg coached to a 28:06 10k … Read more

Brief Thoughts: Are hard workouts counterproductive?

Since my mission to write a set of comprehensive articles detailing the most common running injuries (the “Injury Series” here on RunningWritings) has morphed into a colossal undertaking, I’ve decided to break things up a bit with a new occasional, hopefully weekly series entitled “Brief Thoughts,” which I intend to be shorter, less-scientific musings on … Read more

When threshold training isn’t threshold training

Most runners are familiar with threshold training.  It’s been the chief contribution to real-world training from the field of exercise physiology.  In principle, it’s simple: there is a “tipping point,” physiologically speaking, when incremental increases in speed become progressively more difficult.  Training right at this sweet spot should raise the threshold, moving that “tipping point” … Read more

Preparing for championship races with Renato Canova

One of the wonders of the internet is its ability to connect people of very different backgrounds and geographic locations.  Because of the web, everybody can have access to information that would be otherwise unobtainable.  Today we’re going to see a prime example of this. Renato Canova is an Italian coach of considerable fame.  He … Read more